Supported by a generous donation of lumber from Timber Specialties Limited, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) plans a series of boardwalk renovations at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area throughout 2021. This includes reconstructing the conservation area’s Knoll Trail boardwalk and removing over 100 steps, making the Knoll Trail fully accessible.
“We’re beyond grateful to Timber Specialties Limited for their generous donation. We’re committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities, wherever possible, and we’re so glad that Timber Specialties Limited shares our commitment to accessibility, the environment and our local communities.”Jon MacMull, Acting Executive Director for CVC Foundation
With limited recreation opportunities available due to the pandemic, people have rediscovered nearby conservation areas for outdoor recreation. Rattray Marsh is CVC’s most visited conservation area. 2020 saw record visitation, with over 334,000 people enjoying the boardwalks, bridges, beach and scenic vistas – a 67 per cent increase over 2019.
“We are pleased to donate Canada’s most popular, environmentally-certified MicroPro Sienna treated wood to the Knoll Trail boardwalk project,” said Brad Burmeister, Vice President, Timber Specialties Limited. ”As a company that understands and appreciates the value of quality, outdoor spaces, it’s an honour to contribute to an accessible boardwalk that will allow everyone to experience the beauty and wellness that can be found at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area.”
Rattray Marsh is an environmental gem located in a unique natural setting within the City of Mississauga. As the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and Burlington, this environmentally sensitive wetland offers a different experience for nature lovers. Not only is it a refuge for wildlife, it’s also a refuge for local residents, who are able to find comfort and solace throughout the pandemic in this unique natural setting so close to home.
CVC’s conservation areas have long relied on a healthy mix of local government support and community donations to keep them beautiful, thriving and accessible.
About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.